Vince Neil was performing a concert with his solo band on Friday night (October 15th) when he took a violent fall off the stage and ended up in a hospital. The incident happened during the Mötley Crüe singer’s headlining set at the Monsters on the Mountain Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Fan-filmed footage shows Neil making his way to the front of the stage, pumping up the crowd as he claps his hands with a guitar on his shoulder. Suddenly he takes a step and free falls off the stage.
According to TMZ, there was a gap between a speaker and the stage that Neil apparently didn’t notice, falling down at least four feet to the concrete floor below. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Bassist Dana Strum later addressed the crowd, saying, “The truth is Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell. He can’t breathe and he’s gonna get dealt with medically. He was so excited to be here. He lives in Tennessee. But he was willing to stick it out and tough it out when the people back here were telling him ‘Don’t do it.’ Let’s have one good round of applause, please, for this guy.”
While Strum mentioned that Vince broke his ribs, there’s no official word on whether that was confirmed by X-rays at the hospital. Neil was said to be alert and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Update, October 18th: Mötley Crüe have confirmed that Vince Neil did indeed break his ribs, but expect him to be ready for the band’s 2022 stadium shows: “Vince is back home and resting after breaking a few ribs on Friday night. Our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery and ready to rock in ‘22!!,” wrote the band in the tweet below.
The fall happened during the band’s performance of Mötley Crüe’s “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” which was the fifth song in the set. Eventually, after Vince was placed in the ambulance, his solo band continued the set, playing a handful of classic songs by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Van Halen, as well as Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire.” Guitarist Jeff Blando handled vocal duties for the remainder of the set.
Just recently, Neil revealed that he undergoing fat-burning treatments in preparation for Mötley Crüe’s massive stadium tour with Def Leppard next year. The twice-postponed outing will be the Crüe’s first since late 2015, after previously swearing they would never tour again. The trek kicks off in June 2022, with tickets available here.
Neil was actually looking and sounding much better at recent shows after a disastrous gig in May, where the singer couldn’t even finish “Girls, Girls, Girls.” His voice gave out halfway through the song at the Boone Iowa River Valley Festival, upon which time he ended the set.
Watch footage of Vince Neil falling off the stage below, followed by bassist Dana Strum addressing the crowd regarding the singer’s injuries. Here’s wishing Neil a speedy recovery.
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Vince Neil has fallen at tonight’s Monsters on the Mountain festival and is being taken to a local area hospital now. pic.twitter.com/ahERWH34jr
— metalsludge (@MetalSludge) October 16, 2021
Vince is back home and resting after breaking a few ribs on Friday night. Our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery and ready to rock in ‘22!! 🖤🤘 pic.twitter.com/gvM9N7sLkcAdvertisement
— Mötley Crüe (@MotleyCrue) October 17, 2021